Austin Community CollegeLearn through doing, create community
Instructor: Caroline Riley and guests
Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate in 13 weeks or complete Permaculture I for a firm foundation in Permaculture design.
Permaculture I – February 4 – April 8, 2014
Tuesdays from 5-9pm, $250
Permaculture II – February 27- May 1, 2014
Thursdays from 5-9pm with some 2 Saturday classes: Oct 5th and Oct 19th, $250
Permaculture I and II have been designed from Bill Mollison’s, Permaculture, a Designers' Manual. Upon completing Permaculture II, the student will have completed at least 72 hours of course study and will receive a permaculture design certificate. This class will make use of outdoor learning space, and offers many styles of learning.
Recommended to reading: Introduction to Permaculture Mollison, Bill with Reny Mia Slay. (2nd Edition).
Other helpful books:
Permaculture, a Designers' Manual, Bill Mollison; Gaia’s Garden by, Toby Hemenway; Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by, Rosemary Marrow; Permaculture, Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by, David Holmgren; Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening by J. Howard Garrett and C. Malcolm Beck; The Sustainable Vegetable Garden by, John Jeavons and Carol Cox; Slow Money by, Woody Tasch; Toolbox for Sustainable City Living, by Scott Kellogg and Nancy Pettegrew.
1) Intro to Permaculture ethics & principles
2) Pattern Understanding & Climatic Factors
3) Site Analysis
4) Soil, water, wind and fire
5) Rain water, earthworks, grey water
6) Farming/gardening in Austin and beyond
7) Trees, forests, agroforestry
8) Class project- area of interest
9) Share project with class
1) Design introduction
2) The Cultivated Ecology- zone I design
3) The Cultivated Ecology- zone II, III design/ Creating Food Forests
4) The Build Environment – house design and natural building techniques
5) Invisible Structures - Creating Community
6) Urban Permaculture, aquaculture, seed saving
7) Permaculture & children/design workshop
8) Design workshop
9) Presentations and celebration
WorkshopsOnsite workshops available to the public
Food Forests for All
November 9th, 10th and 16th
9am - 4pm, $150
Locations: Whole Life Learning Center
& Hill Country Natives
Lead by: Caroline Riley and Mike Wolfert
This 3-day intensive workshop on food forest design, implementation and management for the Central Texas bio region. This workshop will empower you to establish a thriving eco-system that provides a year round hyper local food supply. Come join our experienced food foresters on this journey where we will balance classroom intellectual understanding with hands on application and exploration.
Imagine walking through the woods and being able to identify and use every plant you pass. Each plant in a food forest has a purpose, providing food or other materials for you or providing benefits to surrounding plants and animals, which in turn, benefit you. We will learn how to create the ideal human habitat customized to your appetites and can be scaled to fit any sized space.
Benefits you receive from establishing a food forest include: Diversity, resulting in resilience from variable weather, pests and disease while offering you a balanced diet. As a food forest matures the work you put in decreases and yields increase, making it a fantastic investment of time and resources. By layering your plants and mimicking an ecosystem design you achieve maximum efficiency of space and yield. You create a microclimate shielded from scorching summer sun, resulting in healthier plants and less water use. It's fun and ultimately allot easier on the body and the earth than traditional field farming methods.
Day 1: What is a food forest?
Location: Whole Life Learning Center
Observations, lecture and hands on learning on history of food forestry. Feedback from a year’s growth at the schools food forest and preparation for further implementation.
Day 2: How to design a food forest
Location: Hill Country Natives:
Tour a 4 year old food forest and use it as a guide for creating our own. Design a piece of the food forest at WLLC and choose plants for the following session. Also, a brief lecture and hands on propagation lesson to help you be able to stock your own site.
Day 3: Success in creating a food forest
Location: Whole Life Learning Center
Topics of learning: Earth works, preparing the land for planting perennials and trees, designing with the flows of the land, how to plant a tree, water strategies and techniques. On this day we will implement our designs creating a collaborative food forest for the school!
• Prepping the site, analysis & planning. Working with existing elements like sun, slope, trees and resident critters. earthworks, mulching & microbial inoculation.
• Plant selection and grouping (or guilding).
• On site observation and interaction at a young food forest and nursery for food forest plants.
• On site observation & interaction of plant guilds and in depth discussion of how to successfully group plants to attain harmony and mutual benefit.
• On site observation and interaction of managing food forests at multiple ranges of scale or size from the smallest of yards to acreage.
• We will select and install plants for our food forest at the Whole Life Learning Center in Austin, TX.
What people are saying about One World Permaculture...
"I thank you, thank you, thank you for the magical experience participating in the Food Forest workshop this past weekend, where we lovingly fulfilled the dream of a Food Forest at the school. I've learned a lot about myself and what it means to be part of and vital connection with our Earth community. You and Michael are excellent educators/facilitators and have been managing this workshop very well; working well with group dynamics, fantastic specific and practical background information, and lots of fun and meaningful learnin'."
Food Forests For All participant
“Learning permaculture from Caroline was a life changing experience. I've gained a better understanding of how to live in harmony with the natural world. The class covered topics from gardening to rainwater harvesting to building with earth-friendly materials, and all with a perspective of working with instead of against nature to get the job done.”
ACC PDC graduate